University of Charleston

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Division 2 West Virginia Northeast
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Elizabeth Gainer

Elizabeth Gainer is entering her second season as the Head Coach of the Women's Lacrosse program. In 2017 Gainer led the Golden Eagles to a best 4-11 record since taking over the program after a 1-11 2016 season.

Gainer was named University of Charleston's head women's lacrosse coach in August 2016 after an extensive national search. Gainer takes over the second year program after spending the past five season as a head coach at NCAA Division I and II institutions.

Gainer will lead the Golden Eagles after serving as the head coach at Manhattan College from 2013 to 2016. Prior to leading the Jaspers, Gainer was at the helm at Holy Family University where she compiled a 27-9 overall record in two seasons from 2011 to 2013. Her Tiger teams at Holy Family won consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championships in 2012 and 2013, the first in the program's history.

Gainer held assistant coaching positions at Villanova and La Salle prior to her first head coaching position at Holy Family. She spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Villanova where she served as the defensive/midfield coordinator and had roles in monitoring academics, scouting, and recruiting. Prior to joining the Villanova staff, Gainer was an assistant for La Salle during the 2010 season. She was tasked with aiding in practice coordination and developing strategies, plays and drills throughout the season while primarily focusing on the La Salle attack.

Gainer spent her collegiate playing days at Loyola (Md.) University where she lettered all four seasons in lacrosse for the Greyhounds. She appeared in 54 games at Loyola, scoring 37 goals and adding eight assists.

Gainer earned a degree in communications, specializing in advertising and public relations from Loyola in 2009. She also owns a Master's degree in sports management from Neumann University.

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Anastasia Araviakis

Anastasia Araviakis joined the University of Charleston women’s lacrosse staff in the fall semester of 2018.

Araviakis attended King’s College as a dual sport athlete, competing in field hockey and lacrosse. As a field hockey player, she played in 73 games and excelled at the midfield position. As a sophomore, she helped lead the team to a Freedom Conference Tournament Championship and berth in the D3 National Tournament.

As a member of the women’s lacrosse team, Araviakis played a major role in the team’s success since she arrived as a freshman earning Rookie of the Year. Over the course of her tenure with the program, she continued to pivotal player, eventually finishing her career at King’s College as one of the best players to be a part of the program. Araviakis currently ranks second all-time in five major categories, with 258 points, consisting of 183 goals, and 75 assists. She earned 2018 Female Athlete of the Year.

Araviakis graduated from King’s College with a degree in Mass Communications

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